Pauline Oosterhoff

Pauline Oosterhoff has over 20 years of international experience in public health research and advisory services and media production. She has masters degrees in political science and international public health and a PhD in medical anthropology.

Ms Oosterhoff has developed and managed programs focusing on access to health, notably sexual and reproductive health and HIV, gender, and human rights, for UNDP, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other local and international NGOs and media organisations.

She has worked with sexual minorities and key populations on HIV, human rights and representation in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa since 1992. She has led several large multi-country evaluations of research and operational programs on sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV, human rights and disability. She is an experienced trainer on social science methodology and action research for health professionals, researchers and grassroots activists.

She started working with urban and rural indigenous and minority groups on health and human rights in Asia and Africa in 1996. In central Vietnam and Laos she worked on community-managed health, disability and health system reform with various minority ethnic groups, including the Ede and Bru-Van Kieu. In Northern Vietnam she scaled up a comprehensive PMTCT pilot program to remote mountainous areas that are mostly populated by minority ethnic groups, such as the Black Thai and the Hmong. In Thailand she trained displaced Karen, Mon, and Shan activists in documentary film production. In Bangladesh she documented human rights violations against the Rohingya people from Myanmar. In India and Uganda she conducted action research with indigenous Khasi and the Benet on visualizing development with identity.

Ms Oosterhoff developed and wrote dozens of international peer reviewed articles, assessments, manuals and training curriculums. She relishes using mixed methods and work in multidisciplinary teams.

In addition to her research and advisory work, she produces documentary films, installations and performances combining participatory action research and professional art production. She joined IDS as a research fellow in 2014. She speaks six languages.

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